Berdych, who still has the Davis Cup final against Djokovic’s Serbia to look forward to, neatly summed up the difference on the day.
“Those two double faults gave him that game,” Berdych said. “That game I didn’t handle well. That’s it. That’s the difference between the sixth-ranked player and the No. 1.”
Nadal had a day to rest and watch six-time champion Roger Federer try to become the second Swiss player in the semi-finals by beating Juan Martin del Potro in a shootout for the runners-up spot in Group B yesterday.
“If it’s Del Potro, if [it] is Federer, both players know very well how to beat me, on this surface especially,” said 13-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, who is assured of finishing the year as the world No. 1. “The only way to win the match of semi-finals is playing my best match, playing fantastic tennis.”